Coming at you after 8.5 hours of sleep! Josh put G to bed last night, and apparently it went relatively well (though it was at 10pm and with him sitting in a chair in her room). He also put the other two to bed and I passed out shortly after 8:30 pm, and I am very very grateful for all of that. Of note, G took a 2 hour nap at school which was not ideal. Her main teacher has agreed to work on shortening her nap (ideally to 1 hr) but wasn’t in yesterday.
I really really needed that night of sleep.
And now it’s the weekend!
Run / Kids’ Outing / Clean Up (in theory) / Take Out Night
Today Josh is on call — it was supposed to be the entire weekend but he covered someone else 2 weeks ago and as a result he is off tomorrow! Hooray.
I am considering taking the kids to Butterfly World yet again. I have failed to make this journey about 3 times already, but today looks relatively promising:
(I am looking forward to the day that we can at least experience some consistent low 70s temps. It WILL come, right?!)
I also have to work on a presentation I am giving on planning and goal setting at G&C’s school. Someone in G’s class happens to be a BOBW listener and asked me to do a talk — which is a highly flattering! But now I have to actually create said talk. Since you all are always brilliant, I welcome any suggestions!
Potential structure is below:
1- Intro BOBW / BLP / my current roles– and admit you can’t do “it all” (whatever that is), but you can do quite a lot. For me, the key ingredient to doing “a lot” while enjoying it — for the most part — have been planning and support. Will disclose that I have a full time child care provider at home because I do not want anyone to be under illusion that I could do everything I do without one at this current life stage. (There’s no way.)
2- Share some exercises I’ve found valuable in figuring out what I want to do. Time logging (inspired initially by 168 Hours!) and mapping out an ideal week (inspired by Michael Hyatt). Having regular ‘logistics’ meetings with Josh (inspired by a number of sources, but most recently the Marriage Kids & Money podcast).
3- Talk about actually getting organized – ie out from the pile of less clearly defined ‘stuff’. Will introduce the idea of GTD methodology in brief, and my current go-to practices:
- capture everything and know where everything goes (will discuss my planner here!)
- review regularly
- as part of weekly review, plan each week
- beginning of each day, plan the day and be realistic about number of tasks to be accomplished
- make sure to devote some energy to long term planning / dreaming / ensuring you are continuing to do what you really want to do
4- Goal setting – will talk about Quintiles & also mention 4 Tendencies (unless any Rebels in the audience have already decided I am crazy). Discuss different areas to set goals (personal, family, relationships, finance, work, spiritual, etc)
5- Habits – will discuss how important daily habits have become to me esp during the pandemic, how focusing on small habits can lead to powerful change, and ways to track them. (Will share current journey on dramatically lowering screen/scroll time)
6- Fave books & podcasts – will share a few favorite resources (plus BLP obvs).
I also want to figure out ways to make it a bit interactive! Wonder if I can embed some poll questions into Zoom. If it goes over well, I may try to give it at my own (work) organization as well. We will see! Ideas/additions/subtractions welcome.